The Legacy of Ed Abbey on Wednesday's Access Utah

Mar 5, 2014

Wednesday on AU we remember Ed Abbey, author of “The Monkey Wrench Gang” and “Desert Solitaire,” and consider his legacy. What is Abbey's relevance today? What is the status of the environmental movement today? 


We’ll talk about Abbey's political philosophies, rooted in traditions of anarchism and civil disobedience, the rise of Earth First! out of Abbey's writings, and "monkeywrenching" today, including Abbey’s influence on activists like Tim DeChristopher. There is a screening of ML Lincoln’s new film about Abbey and his legacy,“Wrenched,” in Salt Lake City on March 6th and an Abbey retrospective in Moab on March 14th and 15th. Our guests include Bob Lippman, (retired) environmental lawyer, activist and educator; Luise Poulton, Managing Curator of Rare Books in Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah; Ken Sanders from Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City; and filmmaker ML Lincoln.